Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world.
The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.

In our 130 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.

We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed.

Explorer extraordinaire, a GEO honoree Erik Weihenmayer, who has been blind since his teenage years, conquered mountains (including all of the Seven Summits!), and so much more. Over 400 attended GEO’s Annual Legacy Event to see Erik honored on February 7, 2016. The accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker shared his unique “vision” of the world and his amazing stories of adventure. Take a listen to his “Message of Hope”!


Check back to see what our program for the next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways.  Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most prestigious organizations.

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Our Explorers and the Bulletin Newsletter


Annual Legacy Event

Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”.  As our mission is to support the exploration of the world and enhance perspective on the worlds’ peoples and places, we chose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example[…]

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We hope you join us in 2021: the Year of Dreams

The new year includes programs on the architecture and archaeology of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey and Tibet’s Buddhist Festivals. We are also thrilled to present our Explorer of the Year, Taylor Demonbreun! She is the Guinness World Record Holder for the Youngest and Fastest person to visit every country in the world!  

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